Living with facial disfigurement


Leo Gormley was burned in a fire, and Nev Thompson has Apert's syndrome. In this video, Leo and the family of Nev share their views on how to deal with a disfigurement.

Media last reviewed: 29/05/2015

Next review due: 29/11/2017

Changing Faces awareness campaign poster

Handling reactions to facial disfigurement

How to handle reactions to disfigurement, including questions, comments and stares.

Help your child to cope with their disfigurement

How parents of children with a disfigurement can react positively to stares and comments from strangers

Victoria Wright

'Cherubism and me'

Victoria Wright talks about life with a facial disfigurement and the help she's had from the Changing Faces charity.

Skin camouflage: Maria's story

Maria Angel talks about growing up with a facial birthmark and how the Changing Faces skin camouflage service has helped.

Facial paralysis (Bell's palsy)

Bell's palsy is a condition that causes temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in one side of the face.

Birthmarks (haemangioma)

Haemangiomas are vascular birthmarks caused by abnormal blood vessels in or under the skin. Find out how to deal with birthmarks and what to do if they cause complications, such as problems with eyesight or breathing.

Media last reviewed: 03/05/2016

Next review due: 03/12/2018

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